Welcome to Year 5 


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and wish you all a Happy New Year!

We launched our new value of the term which is, “Curiosity” by looking at inkblots and sharing our curiosity in terms of what we could see when we looked at them. The children then had a go at making their own inkblots and wondered what they had managed to create. What can you see? Can you spot the hippo?

As always, there are lots of exciting things happening this half-term. On Mondays children are participating in some Strictly dance lessons where they will be learning to Jive and Waltz. Watch out for the children dancing around your homes!

This half-term the class are also having some musical, wellbeing sessions every Tuesday.

In Literacy, the children are writing a “Defeat the Monster” style story as a sequel to The Cyclops model text. We are reading a variety of Ancient Greek myths before writing their own. We will be focusing on how to create suspense and write an effective character/monster description.

Our theme this half term is Ancient Greece. The class have really shown an interest in this topic already and their imaginations have well and truly been captured. This topic will allow the children to learn about how Britain has been influenced by the wider world, develop an understanding of everyday life in Ancient Greece and develop their historical enquiry skills.

Our topic in Science involves looking at life cycles and this week, the children dissected flowers to see the different parts involved in pollination.

Don’t forget your swimming kits every Thursday!

Homework grid Anient Greece

Newsletter Spring 1


What an amazing end to the term. The children have had two days of dressing up this week and there has been a real buzz of excitement, this has been wonderful to see.

This week we experienced a whole school art day. In Year 5 we learnt about Monet and studied his Water-Lilies series. The children were fascinated to learn that this is not one famous painting, but a series of approximately 250 oil paintings. The class worked hard on creating their own version of Water-Lilies and experimented  with hue, tint, tone, shades and mood – we explored the use of texture in colour  and using colour for different purposes.


Wow! Year 5 have been working so hard (as always) on their learning.

In Talk for Writing, the children have now completed their “hot writes” for the explanation text unit. Look at the photographs to see how much progress your children have made. They have definitely listened carefully and chosen the most appropriate tools from the toolkit to produce their writing. We are now reading a new model text called The Nightmare Man. The children will then be learning about how to add suspense into their writing to effectively scare the reader. I am so looking forward to reading their stories.

In Science the children have continued to learn about space. The children have continued to develop their understanding of day and night and are getting more confident at explaining how day and night happen.

Your children have also been working on their football skills.

During theme work, the children have been researching about famous explorers throughout history. They have been learning about the achievements, discoveries and impact the explorers have had on society. So many children have continued to research for their homework. What a great learning choice!


It’s been another busy week here in Year 5.

In Talk for Writing the children have continued learning about explanation texts. This week the children have learnt more about how to write this style of text and have created their toolkits, ready to use next week. We will be completing some shared writing on about a bedroom tidying machine – I can only apologize about not being able to create this marvellous contraption in real life.

In Science the class have been learning about day and night and the phases of the moon. We also got to have some fun with shadows whilst exploring when the sun is the highest in the sky. Ask your child what they can tell you about this topic. Maybe you could try some moon-spotting and ask your child if they know what moon phase they can see.

During our theme lessons, we have been learning about time zones and the importance of the Greenwich Meridian. We have also been developing our art skills. The children have created some beautiful paintings in the style of aboriginal art.

It was wonderful to see how many children had conquered Cogenhoe (as part of Project Conquer) We had a celebration assembly to congratulate these children and they had a tasty afternoon tea.

I am continuing to see so much homework, well done Year 5!

Week 1

Well, what a fantastic first week we have had! Everyone has been working hard and showing how truly ready for Year 5 they are.

In Talk for Writing the children have started to learn about explanation texts. Our unit of work is called The Teacher Pleaser Machine. The children will learn about how to write this sort of text before innovating and writing their own version. Part of the Talk for Writing approach, encourages children to understand new vocabulary, look at the picture of the key vocabulary poster. Ask your child if they can tell you the model text using the photo of the text map. They should also be able to add in the actions!

Year 5 have also started their history topic Explorers; I have been really impressed to see lots of homework starting to come into school, lots of which is to do with the topic. The children have been carrying out research about famous explorers and they really know a lot!

Our classroom is really taking shape with your children’s beautiful art work – it really looks amazing! The children completed some drawings to complement their learning about space in Science. I am so proud.

Welcome to Year 5


Hello Year 5 pupils and parents! I can’t wait for us to start an amazing journey of learning together. Your new classroom is ready to welcome you in September. Everything feels shiny and new, the only thing missing is you!

On this page you will find a variety of resources to support your child’s learning journey as well as a weekly blog of the Year 5 experiences.

I’m sure everyone will enjoy our exciting, new curriculum topics. This half-term our theme is ‘Explorers’. This is a history focused topic where children will be developing their understanding of the chronology of key events. Children will explore why explorations happened, the impact this had on British society in the 16th and 17th centuries as well as learning about famous explorers throughout history.

I will look forward to seeing you all very soon. For now, please click on the links below for more information.

Reminder: Meet the Teacher is on Thursday 2nd September at 5pm – Here we will discuss everything you need to know ready for Year 5.

Meet the Teacher Presentation: 

Meet the Teacher Year 5 Presentation SH

Newsletter Autumn 1:

Explorers newsletter Aut Term 1 2021

Homework Grid Autumn 1:

Homework grid

Year 5 Spellings: